Andy Jankowiak Wins George Decker Memorial 100; Catalano, Whittaker, Miszczak, Reid, Powers, and Lenhardt All Celebrate Holland Track Championships

September 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Second generation driver Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY picked up the victory in the 15th running of the George Decker Memorial 100 on a crisp Saturday evening at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex. With the victory in the George Decker Memorial, Jankowiak is now guaranteed a top-12 qualifying spot for the Race of Champions Sportsman 100 next Saturday at the Oswego Speedway as part of the Race of Champions Weekend. In other action at Holland, Eldon King III from Freedom, NY earned his second win of the season for the NASCAR Late Models. Rob Miszczak from Holland, NY earned his third Bank of Holland Charger victory of the season and locked up his first divisional championship.  Shawn Nye from Lancaster, NY earned his second straight feature event for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Matt Kuppel from Eden, NY picked up his second feature win of the season for the Future 4’s. Amy Catalano from Ontario, NY earned her second Pro Modified track championship while Dave Whittaker from Orchard Park picked up the NASCAR Late Model crown. Chris Powers from Orchard Park, NY earned his first Hornet championship while Lockport, NY campaigner Jonathan Reid earned the NYPA TQ Midget track championship. Darren Lenhardt from West Seneca, NY earned the first divisional crown for the Future 4’s.



Shawn Nye and Jake Vernon led the field of Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for the 15th running of the George Decker Memorial 100 with Vernon getting the early advantage. Matt Druar, Dave Whittaker and Dean Kroll came together on the back stretch on lap one to bring out the race first caution. Neal Dietz would pass Vernon for the lead off the restart with Nye, TJ Potrzebowski and Andy Jankowiak racing early inside the top five. Tim Nies spun on the back straightaway on lap seven to cause the races second caution. The restart saw Dietz, Vernon, and Mike Fiebelkorn racing in the top three. Fiebelkorn started seventh on the grid and quickly made his move up through the field. The leaders would hit lap traffic on lap 16, just as Andy Jankowiak passed Mike Fiebelkorn to move into third. Jankowiak, the 2012 race winner, went underneath Vernon for second place and completed the pass on lap 20.

The leaders would go into heavier lap traffic with 25 laps in the books as Jankowiak quickly reeled in race leader Neal Dietz Jr. Jankowiak passed Dietz on the outside of lap 29 to take over the lead with Jake Vernon, Mike Fiebelkorn and Shawn Nye running tightly behind the lead duo. Dietz tried to go underneath Jankowiak for the lead but Andy J was able to keep the position. Billy Semmler spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 36. Dietz would inherit the lead on lap 39 after getting around Jankowiak on the restart.

The field sorted themselves out for a long green flag run during the mid-point of the race which saw Neal Dietz, Andy Jankowiak and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr pull away from fourth place Jake Vernon and fifth place Tommy Catalano. They would run that way for several laps, including at the halfway mark that saw Dietz and Jankowiak begin to pull away from Fiebelkorn.

44 laps remaining and Paul Hartwig Jr brought out the caution. Off the restart, several cars came together on the front stretch including Jeff Brown and Amy Catalano, the top two in Pro Modified points. A total of 12 cars were involved in the may lay on the front straightaway. Brown suffered a broken tie-rod. When Brown got to the pits, several drivers came over to help Brown get the repaired. Catalano was able to rejoin the field in time for the restart while Brown was in the pit area.

On the restart, Dietz and Jankowiak went side by side for the lead with Jankowiak getting the advantage by a nerf bar to regain the lead. Jake Vernon passed Neal Dietz to take over second after Dietz and Fiebelkorn made contact coming off of turn two. Jankowiak pulled away from Vernon as the race passed the three-quarter mark. Amy Catalano, who was able to get her racer back on the track after the mid-race altercation, raced her way into sixth after passing Tommy Catalano. TJ Potrzebowski’s strong run came to an end on lap 80 after making heavy contact with the turn three wall. The lap 81 restart saw Kevin Miller loop his racer on the back stretch. Miller was running inside the top five at the time of the spin. Vernon went to work on Jankowiak for the lead on the restart but Jankowiak, the second generation driver from Tonawanda was able to keep the lead and start to pull away from the rest of the field. Amy Catalano moved into fourth place with 10 laps remaining after passing him on the outside of the speedway.

The three lap shootout saw Jankowiak in the lead with Amy Catalano taking over second. Jankowiak would pull away from the field to earn his second George Decker Memorial 100 and his guaranteed top 12 starting spot in next weekend’s RoC Sportsman 100. Amy Catalano would finish in second followed by her son Tommy, Neal Dietz Jr and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr completed the top five after Jake Vernon spun coming to the checkered flag. With her second place finish, Amy Catalano earned her second Holland track championship. She earned her first title back in 2011. Shawn Nye was awarded with the McCool Paint Workz Best Appearing Car Award of the race.


Brandon Glover showed the way around the highbanks in the early stages for the 25 lap NASCAR Late Model Championship event.  Bill Osborn, Dave Heitzhaus and JD Roberts battled for the third spot for several laps. Glover pulled away from King. Bill Osborn got loose and spun in turn three and collected several cars to bring out the caution on lap 18. The restart had Glover and King on the front row which saw King take over the lead. “The Empire Excavator”, Eldon King III was able to hold off the challenges from Glover in the remaining laps to pick up his second straight feature event. “The Strykersville Flash” Dave Heitzhaus came across the line in third and was followed by Bill Osborn and Dave Whittaker. Whittaker would earn the 2014 track title. 

The top two in points entering the 30 lap championship finale for the Bank of Holland Chargers Kris Hamann and Rob Miszczak led the field to the green flag with Miszczak getting the lead early. Dave Vona moved into second and Eric Brown took over third as Kris Hamann was dropping back early on. Ken Maltby looped his racer in turn four on lap five to bring out the races first caution. The early race restart saw Miszczak pull away from Brown and Loffredo. The top three would pull away from the field as the race hit the latter stages. Brown would try a couple of times to go underneath Miszczak for the lead but Miszczak answered all of Brown’s challenges. Kyle Sharpe would slow on the top side of the speedway on lap 23 to bring out the caution. The restart saw Miszczak and Brown pull away from third place Loffredo. Brown continued to put pressure on Miszczak but Miszczak would hold him off for his third win on the season, and first career track championship.


Erik Musto and Chad Heywood brought the field of TQ Midgets to the green flag for the 20 lap championship event with Nick Groff showing the way after started third on the grid. Musto would regain the lead on lap seven as Jonathan Reid moved into second with Shawn Nye in third. Nye would pass Reid for second and then took over the lead on lap eleven. With Nye jumping into the lead, he pulled away from Reid, Musto, Dave Wollaber and Kyle Hutchinson. Nye would pull away from the field to collect his second straight feature win. Reid would finish in second and was followed by Hutchinson, Wollaber and Musto. Reid was declared the NYPA Track Champion.


Kenny Hejna and Chris Powers led the Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap season finale with Powers showing the lead. Shane Toms looped his racer in turn four to bring out the caution on lap three. The restart saw Powers take off up front over Hejna as Josh Hill and Louis Carbone battled for third with Tom Lalomia Jr running in fifth. Lalomia then went three wide with Carbone and Hill to move into third. Lalomia went underneath Powers to take over the race lead on lap eight, just before Shane Toms brought out the caution for a spin in turn four. The restart saw Lalomia jump into the lead with Powers leading Hejna in the battle for second. Ben Russo moved into fourth after getting around Carbone on lap 10. Lalomia stretched out the lead at the halfway mark as Eric Hastreiter raced his way into the top five. Hastreiter would then go underneath Russo for fourth and then passed Hejna to move into third. Hastreiter then passed Powers to take over second place with ten laps remaining. Lalomia pulled away from the field to pick up the victory. Hastreiter would finish in second followed by Powers, Hejna and Russo completing the top five.  Both Lalomia and Hastreiter would fail post race tech with Powers getting credit with the victory.


Joe Anthony and Matt Kuppel started the Future Four feature event on the front row and it was Anthony showing the way early. Point’s leader Darren Lenhardt passed Kuppel to move into second on lap three but Kuppel was able to regain the position just one lap later.  Anthony, Kuppel and Lenhardt put on a clinic for the lead. The field was slowed by a Kathie Ricketson spin on lap seven. The restart saw Kuppel able to take over the lead. Lenhardt would get around Anthony late in the event but Kuppel was able to pick up the win. Lenhardt would be declared the division champion.


News and Notes: A season high 29 NASACAR Pro Modifieds signed in pit side for the 15th running of the George Decker Memorial 100. Andy Nye and Jim Fleischman both took a wild ride during the qualifying event for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Both drivers were alert and climbed out of their racers under their own power. The end of the season Awards Dinner and Banquet will be taking place on Saturday, November 22 at the Millennium Hotel on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, next to the Walden Galleria. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm.


The 55th season of racing in the Holland hills will come to a close on Saturday September 13 as it will be round two of “The Wildest Show on Wheels”, Carwarz Crash-A-Rama! The fall finale will feature a $5000 to win Enduro, Motorhome Demolition Derby, plus the popular full size School Bus Figure 8 Race, Boat-Trailer Race and much more. Pit gates will open at 2:30 pm with grandstand gates opening at 4:00pm. Destruction will begin at 6:30pm. Arrive early to avoid waiting in line. You can purchase tickets for Crash-A-Rama by visiting


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Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 5th), Amy Catalano (8), Tommy Catalano (10), Neal Dietz Jr (4), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (7), Kevin Miller (12), Ricky Kluth (3), Camden Barber (16), Alan Bookmiller (18), Paul Hartwig Jr (14), Jake Vernon (2), Bobby Lippa Jr (20), Joe Carbone (21), Brett Mclean (23), Dean Kroll (29), Jeff Brown (15), Tim Nies (27), TJ Potrzebowski (6), George Skora III (9), Shawn Nye (1), Bobby Martin (11), Eddie Hawkins (17), Cameron Vargo (25), Dave Heitzhaus (13), Brian Hoffman (22), Jim Pierce (19), Billy Semmler (24), Matt Druar (26), Dave Whittaker (28)

Qualifying Winners: Tommy Catalano, George Skora III, Amy Catalano

2014 Track Champion: Amy Catalano


NASCAR Late Models: ELDON KING III (Started 3rd), Brandon Glover (2), Dave Heitzhaus (7), Bill Osborn (5), Dave Whittaker (1), Bobby Weber (8), Josh Hathaway (6), Daniel Majchrzak (10), JD Roberts (4), Jason Gwin (9)

Qualifying Winners: Eldon King III, Brandon Glover

2014 Track Champion: Dave Whittaker


Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: ROB MISZCZAK (Started 2nd), Eric Brown (6). Jim Loffredo (3), David Vona (4), Tom Northem (10), Ted Welshans (8), Dave Wilson Jr (12), Kris Hamann (1), Tim Welshans (7), Nik Welshans (14), Rich Carnes (5), Tommy Wentland (11), Joe Fetzer (18), Joe Horvatits (19), Trevor Pettit (15), Ken Maltby (9), Jerry Kosmowski (13), Don Sitarski (17), Kyle Sharpe (20), Matt Fleming (16)

Qualifying Winners: Kris Hamann, Rob Miszczak, Jim Loffredo

2014 Track Champion: Rob Miszczak


NYPA TQ Midgets: SHAWN NYE (Started 7th), Jonathan Reid (8), Kyle Hutchinson (13), Dave Wollaber (9), Erik Musto (1), Andy Jankowiak (15), Charlie DiRosa (4), Hayden Newcomb (6), Andy Nye (11), Nick Groff (3), Nelson Rung (12), Mack DeMan (10), Arik McGruder (5), Vinnie Christiano Jr (16), Chad Heywood (2), Cody Mollnow (14), Gordie Steffan (17) Did Not Start: Andy Patton, Jim Fleischman

Qualifying Winners: Chad Heywood, Shawn Nye

2014 Track Champion: Jonathan Reid


4 Cylinder Hornets: CHRIS POWERS (Started 2nd), Kenny Hejna (1), Ben Russo (11), Bobby Woch (17), Timmy Catalano (8), Louis Carbone (3), Joe Brunka (14), Bob Bogner (7), Jeff Szafraniec (5), Josh Hill (4), George Anthony (6), Jason Anasiewicz (15), Timmy Swatsworth (9), Jerry Toms (20), Bob Palmer (13), Joe Mastrocicco (12), Shane Toms (18), Michele Maltby (10) Disqualified: Tom Lalomia Jr (16), Eric Hastreiter (19)

Qualifying Winners: Kenny Hejna, Ben Russo, Tom Lalomia Jr.

2014 Track Champion: Chris Powers


Future 4’s: MATT KUPPEL (Started 2nd), Darren Lenhardt (6), Joe Anthony (1), Nikki Maltby (5), Alex Deshaies (4), Kathie Ricketson (3)

Qualifying Winner: Matt Kuppel

2014 Track Champion: Darren Lenhardt